Here is how the costume turned out. Unlike some of my past Halloween costumes, I can sit down in this one if I need to. Apparently I've learned from my past design mistakes!
I did use real garlic, dried pasta and red pepper flakes on this costume. But everything else I made from felt, yarn, paint, and hot glue:
This costume idea appealed to me on various levels. I like Italian food and have wonderful memories of living in Florence when I was twenty-one. In my mid-twenties I worked as a hostess at an Italian restaurant here in San Diego’s Little Italy. This helped supplement my very modest income as a starving artist. Note to all young artists out there: if you supplement your earnings by working in a restaurant, make sure it’s as good as the one where I worked. Great food, and lots of spirited arguments in Italian amongst the five brothers who owned the place. Even arguments and insults in Italian sound beautiful. The language is lyrical and there’s so much life in it.